How many canaries do you carry into the Coal mine?

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Bronx Zoo Tiger Is Sick With SARS-CoV-2

Several other tigers and lions have also exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, according to federal officials… – The New York Times

But we also read this contradictory piece, which will – I am afraid – go down in history for all the wrong reasons“A Tiger Is Slightly Sick With the Coronavirus. Your Cats Are Probably OK” (you can hear the snort, snort, chuckle, chuckle throughout the article…)  – The New York Times

It has been demonstrated in the Bronx Zoo, that tigers can “catch” human SARS-CoV-2 virus, and exhibit common symptoms associated with it.  It was seen also in two dogs from Wuhan, China.

Is the reason we are not “seeing it” more often, simply we do not want to find it in our pets and livestock?

It’s not just tigers.  Animal coronaviruses are ENDEMIC in our pets, as well.  Are other zoos looking for it?  What better place for us to look, broadly.

Why is it important?

Because every other pandemic virus has been spread from humans to mammals, then back to humans causing a devastating, second wave in the Fall and in the Winter.

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From the perspective of a well-regarded science writer for SCIENCE magazine and The New York Times, Gina Kolata unravels the dynamics of the most devastating pandemic to confront humanity – the 1918 N1H1 Influenza A.  From its potential avian-porcine origins to it evolution between humans and swine in Mid-West America during the Summer of 1918 that preceded ‘The Second Wave’ that struck with a vengeance in the Fall of 1918, we are brought closer to our own vulnerability with SARS-CoV-2.

Can we stop this SARS-CoV-2 in its tracks in the First Wave, or will it evolve between humans or humans and pets during a summer hiatus only to wreck havoc in the Fall of 2020?  From Goggle Books Previews, here is “FLU”…

FLU by Gina Kolata






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